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Weekly Top 10: News from NAMM, Getting Paid on Gigs, Efficient Practice Hacks and More

NAMM news was the theme of the week, with many new gear stories hitting the top 10. But that’s not all that caught No Treble readers’ attention. Damian Erskine’s latest “Ask” column on determining what you should get paid on a gig and Ariane Cap’s “efficient practice hacks” lesson also had lots of reviews and shares.

Add to that this week’s most watched videos and our bass of the week, and you have this week’s list of reader favorites.

Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing.

Ibanez Revamps BTB Basses For 2017

1. Ibanez Revamps BTB Basses For 2017

Ibanez’s BTB Standard series is getting a facelift for 2017 with several new features across the line. The BTB845, BTB846, BTB745, and BTB746 all have a new refined body arch, a zero fret, and come standard with D’Addario NYXL strings…

How Much Should I Get Paid for Gigs?

2. How Much Should I Get Paid for Gigs?

This week, a reader asked Damian for advice on how to navigate the gigging world – getting the right pay and taking the right work. Damian offers up some great thoughts on the subject in this new “Ask” column…

Geddy Lee Teams with Tech 21 for Signature SansAmp GED-2112

3. Geddy Lee Teams with Tech 21 for Signature SansAmp GED-2112

If you’ve seen Rush perform live, you’ve seen Geddy Lee on stage with household appliances in lieu of a bass amp. Going direct means relying on preamps for his sound, and now he’s helped to create a signature SansAmp with Tech 21…

Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks

4. Talking Technique: Efficient Practice Hacks

Are you always on the hunt for the latest and most efficient practice “hacks”? Ariane Cap kicks off a new “Talking Technique” series today introducing you to her personal favorites…

Jens Ritter Introduces Two New Bass Models

5. Jens Ritter Introduces Two New Bass Models

German bass building artist Jens Ritter has revealed two new bass models for 2017, which debuted at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The Princess Isabella Bass and Cora Concept are riffs on previous instruments with a fresh take that have been introduced as part of the Royal Family due to their uniqueness…

Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

6. Bass of the Week: Serek Basses Midwestern

Jake Serek of Serek Basses has a unique way of blending old school and new school to create a fresh looking bass that remains rooted in the instrument’s history. This week we’re checking out the Midwestern, which blends aspects of Fender and Gibson basses…

The Funky Knuckles: Arise

7. The Funky Knuckles: Arise

I can’t get enough of The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. Thankfully, they keep putting out some fantastic videos. Here the band grooves on their song “Arise” from their latest album…

Genzler Amplification Expands Magellan Amp and Bass Array Cabinet Lines

8. Genzler Amplification Expands Magellan Amp and Bass Array Cabinet Lines

Genzler is gearing up for the 2017 Winter NAMM show by unveiling the expansion of their Magellan bass amp line and Bass Array cabinet series. The Magellan 350 and Bass Array BA10-2 will each debut at NAMM as separate pieces as well as a combo unit…

Vulfpeck: Aunt Leslie

9. Vulfpeck: Aunt Leslie

Vulfpeck has released another video from their latest album, The Beautiful Game. “Aunt Leslie” features guests Antwaun Stanley on vocals, Bethanni Grecynski on trombone, and Cory Wong on guitar. And as always, Joe Dart lays down the groove…

Hartke Grows HD Series With HD500 Bass Combo

10. Hartke Grows HD Series With HD500 Bass Combo

Hartke is expanding their HD series this year with the HD500 Bass Combo. The 500-watt Class D amp weighs in at just 35 pounds and is fitted with a pair of the company’s 10-inch HyDrive speakers…